Ambassador Baker Congratulates Ichiro for Record Number of Hits

Below is a copy of the letter sent by Ambassador Howard H. Baker, Jr. to Seattle Mariners baseball player Ichiro Suzuki, when Ichiro broke George Sisler's 84-year-old record for most hits in a season on Oct. 1. After the season finale, Ichiro's final tally was 262 hits.

Mr. Ichiro Suzuki
c/o Seattle Mariners Baseball Club

October 1, 2004

Dear Ichiro:

   It was with great joy that I heard of your 258th hit this season. Congratulations to you on a record-breaking year that has captivated the attention of baseball lovers in America, Japan and throughout the world.

   Your accomplishments this season - as in the past - are an inspiration to many people from both sides of the Pacific Ocean, and I genuinely believe what you have accomplished in baseball has contributed to bringing the people of our two countries closer together.

   Again, congratulations on a remarkable record, and best wishes for your continued success.


Howard H. Baker, Jr.